SPI and local artisans are collaborating to promote neglected heritage and support craft traditions in cajamarca


     The Site   The city of Cajamarca is host to ancient and colonial heritage. The most famous site in the city is the 'Ransom Room' which the captured Inca Emperor Atahualpa supposedly filled with gold in an attempt to secure his release. Nearby is The Belén Monumental Complex, which consists of a colonial church and hospital. There is also a rich landscape of ancient sites around the city, including Kunturwasi, Cumbemayo and Ventanillas de Otuzco.

 

The Site

The city of Cajamarca is host to ancient and colonial heritage. The most famous site in the city is the 'Ransom Room' which the captured Inca Emperor Atahualpa supposedly filled with gold in an attempt to secure his release. Nearby is The Belén Monumental Complex, which consists of a colonial church and hospital. There is also a rich landscape of ancient sites around the city, including Kunturwasi, Cumbemayo and Ventanillas de Otuzco.

     The Community   The city is a hub for the region and sees a steady stream of visitors.  However, the current crafts on offer to visitors do not reflect local art and history, reducing awareness in tourists and the local community.  Local artisans do not use local heritage in their designs, in favor of generic Peruvian ideas, alienating them from their unique and local culture. 

 

The Community

The city is a hub for the region and sees a steady stream of visitors.  However, the current crafts on offer to visitors do not reflect local art and history, reducing awareness in tourists and the local community.  Local artisans do not use local heritage in their designs, in favor of generic Peruvian ideas, alienating them from their unique and local culture. 

     The Project   SPI is working with local stone and ceramic artisans to create compelling products which utilize local culture.  This not only gives artisans extra income and a connection to their local heritage, but offers visitors the chance to purchase local souvenirs based on the heritage they are visiting.  SPI designers have produced a collection of products in stone and ceramic which draw motifs from the architecture of the city.

 

The Project

SPI is working with local stone and ceramic artisans to create compelling products which utilize local culture.  This not only gives artisans extra income and a connection to their local heritage, but offers visitors the chance to purchase local souvenirs based on the heritage they are visiting.  SPI designers have produced a collection of products in stone and ceramic which draw motifs from the architecture of the city.


Achievements

  • The collection of ceramic and stone pieces are now of sale and the artisans are learning more about their history and growing their businesses!

The Big thing we have learned

  • A city can provide enormous inspiration for fantastic artisan products.

The Future

  • We are excited to spread the word about these great products and developing new ones.  Help us do that!